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This Week in Microbiology is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

This Week in Microbiology Vincent Racaniello

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    • 4.8 • 464 Ratings

This Week in Microbiology is a podcast about unseen life on Earth hosted by Vincent Racaniello and friends. Following in the path of his successful shows 'This Week in Virology' (TWiV) and 'This Week in Parasitism' (TWiP), Racaniello and guests produce an informal yet informative conversation about microbes which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.

    Magnets and Salt Improve Plastics Production by Archaea

    Magnets and Salt Improve Plastics Production by Archaea

    TWiM explores the use of Archaea to produce plastics from molasses wastewater, and a bacterial defense against bacteriophage infection that involves depletion of deoxynucleotides.
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    Links for this episode Improving plastics production by Archaea (Appl Environ Micro) Biodegradability of PHA (Green Chem) What does tesla mean for an MRI and its magnet? (GE) Bacteria deplete nucleotides to block phages (Nat Micro) Antiphage hotspots in bacteria (TWiM 265) Take the TWiM Listener survey! Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
    Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or recorded audio) to twim@microbe.tv

    • 52 min
    Bacterial But Not Microbial

    Bacterial But Not Microbial

    TWiM reviews discovery of a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye, and reversible resistance to bacteriophage by shedding of the bacterial cell wall.
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    Links for this episode A bacterium that is not a microbe (Science) Overwhelming microbial greatness (TWiM 261) Medical illustrator Kellie Holoski Bacteriophage resistance by shedding cell wall (Open Biol) Who came first, monderms or diderms? (Nat Ecol Evol) Letters read on TWiM 269 Take the TWiM Listener survey! Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
    Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or recorded audio) to twim@microbe.tv

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Aspergillus and Aspergillum

    Aspergillus and Aspergillum

    TWiM discusses citizen science surveillance of drug-resistant Aspergillus in garden soil, and the mechanism of action of a copper dependent antibiotic.
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    Links for this episode Fanny Hesse (Microbial Menagerie) Citizen science surveillance of Aspergillus (App Envir Micro) Aspergillum (Wikipedia) DMDC, copper dependent antibiotic (Infect Immun) National Summer Undergraduate Research Project Letters read on TWiM 268 Take the TWiM Listener survey! Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
    Send your microbiology questions and comments to twim@microbe.tv

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Honey Badger of Pathogens With Heran Darwin

    The Honey Badger of Pathogens With Heran Darwin

    From ASM Microbe 2022 in Washington, DC, Heran joins TWiM to discuss her career and her work on the agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
    Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson

    Guest: Heran Darwin
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    Links for this episode Honey badger of pathogens (EMBO Rep) Pup-proteasome system (PNAS) Cytokinin signaling in M. tuberculosis (mBio) Bandwagoning (EMBO Rep) Take the TWiM Listener survey! Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
    Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or recorded audio) to twim@microbe.tv

    • 47 min
    Bacteria That Can Record

    Bacteria That Can Record

    TWiM explains how spindle-shaped Archaeal viruses evolved from rod-shaped ancestors to package a larger genome, and transcriptional recording by CRISPR acquisition from RNA.
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    Links for this episode From rods to spindles (Cell) Spindle-shaped virus movie (Cell) Bacteria that record (Science) Transcriptional recording with CRISPR (Nature) Letters read on TWiM 266 TWiM Listener survey Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
    Send your microbiology questions and comments to twim@microbe.tv

    • 51 min
    Antiviral Hotspots and Desiccation Tolerance

    Antiviral Hotspots and Desiccation Tolerance

    TWiM explains the discovery of hotspots of genetic variation containing reservoirs of anti-phage systems in E. coli phages and their parasitic satellites, and pathogen desiccation tolerance promoted by hydrophilins.
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    Links for this episode Phage and satellite antiviral systems (Cell Host Micro) Hydropilins promote desiccation tolerance (Cell Host Micro) Letters read on TWiM 265 TWiM Listener survey Music used on TWiM is composed and performed by Ronald Jenkees and used with permission.
    Send your microbiology questions and comments (email or recorded audio) to twim@microbe.tv

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
464 Ratings

464 Ratings

EvelynDevelyn ,

Amazing. 10/10.

I’m a high schooler who hasn’t really had the chance to make any microbiology classes, but this makes me want to go into the field. Comprehensive enough that you don’t have to be a microbiologist or have some fancy degree to understand what they’re talking about, but they don’t dumb it down which is nice. Great podcast!

ebkp ,

Journal club reimagined

I always think that if this had been what journal club was like, it would have been a lot more fun. Just talking through good papers and good science (without picking apart every figure) and having some laughs. Good times!

Mark4732783 ,

Great podcast very informative!

This is a 10/10 as well as all the podcasts made by the same host, highly recommend.

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